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One Stop breaks through £1 million charity mark

13 May 2014

One Stop Stores is delighted to announce that its colleagues and customers have raised an incredible £1 million for good causes over the last two years, following some outstanding personal and team efforts throughout the business.

As a neighbourhood retailer, One Stop prides itself on being an integral part of the communities it serves and its colleagues within the retail, support and distribution areas of the business have long been keen supporters of local causes. Prior to 2012, this was carried out on an ad hoc and local basis; when One Stop began to record what its colleagues were doing, the amount of activity, goodwill and money being raised became fully apparent. Recognising that a more focused strategy could reap even greater rewards for those involved, One Stop introduced a four year plan in 2012/13 and halfway into the plan it is already way ahead of target.

During 2013/14, One Stop’s colleagues raised £564,000 for charitable causes and more than doubled their community volunteering to 1,549 hours, as part of an additional community investment representing £210,000 in total.

Some of the highlights of the year included:

  • Stores in one area raised money for a fellow team member, Lucy, who had terminal cancer. The 25 year old mother of two had one last wish – for her children to have a holiday after she had passed away. The stores raised over £15,000 for her family and presented a cheque to Lucy’s husband shortly after she died.
  • Fifteen stores in Dorset and Hampshire raised £6,000 in just 10 weeks for Poole Hospital Children’s Ward, to provide equipment for families to use whilst their children are in hospital.
  • Somerset flood victims were supported via in-store fundraising, food/clothing collections and local volunteering of store teams.
  • Over £120,000 raised for Children in Need, on the back of a similar figure the previous year
  • Wear it Green Day for Macmillan alone raised £40,000 across the business through various activities, boosting the annual donation to more than £100,000 in total.
  • Food Bank collection trial in 30 stores was rolled out nationally during March.
  • £25,000 was raised via clothes recycling in-store and reinvested to support numerous community schemes
  • Nine colleagues cycled 500 miles from the most southerly One Stop in Plymstock to the most northerly store in Blyth, raising £9,000 for Chloe’s Fund

One Stop has even more ambitious plans in the pipeline for 2014/15, as it seeks to emulate last year’s fundraising efforts, as well as quadrupling the number of volunteering hours amongst its colleagues. A number of partnerships have been developed, aimed at supporting vulnerable people within the local area and cementing One Stop’s position as the leading community retailer in convenience. Further announcements will be made during the course of the year.

Tony Reed, CEO of One Stop, stated:
“I’m tremendously proud of our colleagues throughout the business, who put their heart and soul into supporting our charity and community activities. The enthusiasm has always been there for them to put something back into their communities; nevertheless the results of having a more focused plan have even astounded us! We have some great plans for this year, including several new partnerships, which we know will have a positive effect on the communities we work in.”

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